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World Championships logo unveiled at UK Championships

The logo for the 2018 BISFed World Boccia Championships was revealed on Sunday 13th August at the medal ceremony for the 2017 United Kingdom Boccia Championships.

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The UK Championships was held at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, the same venue that will be used for the World Championships the following year. Paralympic champion David Smith MBE retained his BC1 title while World Champion Stephen McGuire repeated his BC4 triumph of 2016. In the BC2 competition Tim Hayes claimed the title in his first appearance at a UK Championships. In the most dramatic final, Scott McCowan beat his brother Jamie after a tie-break to take the BC3 crown.

It was a successful championships for England winning 6 medals. The results of the 2017 United Kingdom Boccia Championships can be found here

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The World Championships will take place between the 12th and 18th of August 2018. Liverpool will play host to 192 athletes at the most prestigious boccia competition outside the Paralympic Games. Assistant Mayor of Liverpool Councillor Wendy Simon told the athletes at the medal ceremony how thrilled Liverpool was to be the home of the World Championships and that all participants would receive a very warm welcome to a sports mad city.

Tickets will go on sale later in the year and the local organising committee aim to stage a competition that will showcase a sport of intriguing tactics, incredible skill and nail biting tension to a new audience. The event is supported by UK Sport, Liverpool City Council and ACC Liverpool Group. The logo was inspired by the rich cultural history of Liverpool and combines details of Boccia court markings into a striking montage.

Boccia England Membership

Membership for the 2017-18 season will be available from the 1st September 2017. The membership season runs between 1st October 2017 until the 30th September 2018 but you can sign up and start accessing the benefits from the 1st September.

We are pleased to announce that membership fees remain unchanged for a third year running. You can renew your membership or sign up for the first time to access benefits such as discount on boccia balls and merchandise and public liability insurance cover.

For more information on membership and how to join visit the membership page. There is also a step by step guide that you may find useful.

If you require any further support then please contact us us our office hours are 09.00-17.00 Monday to Friday.

Nominate Boccia England

Help us continue making a difference through the sport of boccia.

If you are a member of Yorkshire Building Society then you could nominate Boccia England as a charity to benefit from a grant from the Yorkshire Building Society’s Charitable Foundation.

Once nominated, Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation will get in touch with us if they would like to consider an application.

For more information visit Yorkshire Building Society Charitable Foundation website and click here to recommend Boccia England.

Thank you!

Goodbye Richard!

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Our Performance and Talent Manager Richard Evans is leaving Boccia England on 9th September to join England Netball.

Richard started working as the Playground to Podium Officer at CP Sport in 2009 and has been a key part of the growth of boccia throughout England over the last 8 years. I know that the support and leadership Richard has provided to colleagues within Boccia England has been invaluable and we will continue to benefit from Richard’s efforts in the years to come.

In his own words,

‘It has been fantastic to have been apart of Boccia England as it grown out of CP Sport, become fully recognised National Governing Body and professionalised into an elite sport. I have enjoyed my time immensely and I am very grateful for the opportunities that Boccia England has afforded me over the years. Leaving Boccia England has been big decision and one that was made slightly easier knowing that I plan to continue refereeing and volunteering for Boccia England. Thank you for all of your support over the years.’

I know that Richard will be missed, without his efforts over the years we wouldn’t be where we are now as a sport. We are grateful that Richard will still remain involved as a referee and volunteer.
Thank you, Richard, for all you have done, we wish you well in your new role.

Chris Ratcliffe
CEO Boccia England

2017 UK Boccia Championships

The 2017 UK Boccia Championships takes place at Exhibition Centre Liverpool this weekend! The following English players are taking part:

  • Evie Edwards(BC4)

  • Harry Thompson(BC4)

  • Louis Saunders(BC4)

  • Alex Dukes(BC1)

  • David Smith(BC1)

  • Tia Ruel(BC1)

  • Jabe Peake(BC1)

  • Caroline Robinson(BC1)

  • Reshad Saraj(BC2)

  • Tim Hayes(BC2)

  • Zoe Robinson(BC2)

  • Jess Hunter(BC3)

  • Cecilia Turk(BC3)

  • Cameron Coxall(BC3)

  • Rich Amos(BC3)

Good Luck to all players!

Live schedule and results can be found here

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Academy Coach Development Grants

Boccia England’s network of Athlete Academies give invited BC1-4’s more frequent coaching input in their local area as part of the England Talent Pathway. The Academies meet 8 times a year, led by an Academy Lead and supported by a team of volunteer coaches. This grant is designed to strengthen and develop the quality of the coaching provision for our most talented athletes.

We are now recruiting for additional coaches to join our Academies and we are offering Coach Development Grants of £250 or £500 to support aspiring coaches to complete their Level 1 Award or Level 2 Certificate, prior to supporting their local academy as a coach.

Financial assistance of £250 (Level 1) or £500 (Level 2) is available to fund the delegate fee of any Level 1 or Level 2 course. Full list of courses can be found on the Events page.

As an academy coach you will be required to;
• Attendance at all 3 days / 5 days of the relevant coaching course.
• Attendance as volunteer coach at a minimum of 3 Academy sessions over the next year (see dates outlined on the application form).
• You will be volunteering under the supervision of our Academy Lead and working with talented BC1-4 players. Attendance at these sessions must be agreed with the relevant Academy Lead.

To apply, read and complete the application form and return it to nrbaisby@bocciaengland.org.uk by 31st August 2017.

Join us for Parallel London

Boccia England is looking for supporters to participate in Parallel London to raise sponsorship for the charity. Parallel London is the world’s only fully inclusive run / push / walk event and includes 100 metres, 1K, 5K, 10K and a super sensory 1K. All disabled people can take a carer around the course for free. After the races, you can enjoy the free family festival all geared up for life with a disability.

If you would like to participate in this event held at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Park London on 3rd September we would love to hear from you. We will provide free places to children committing to raising a minimum of £50 in sponsorship and to adults raising a minimum of £100.

For more information, please contact our Fundraising Manager, Caroline, by email, fundraising@bocciaengland.org.uk

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Recruiting Volunteers in Boccia Safely

Most people who want to work in a paid or unpaid capacity with children or adults within boccia are well motivated. Without them, boccia clubs and organisations could not operate.

However, whether the role is paid or not, it's important that the individual has the right skills, knowledge and attitude for the role.

Abusers tend to gravitate to situations where little vetting or checking takes place. It is
not possible to know who could abuse children or adults; therefore it is important
that all reasonable steps are taken by clubs to ensure unsuitable people are prevented
from working with children and adults.

It is essential that you have effective recruitment and selection procedures for both paid staff and volunteers. These will help to screen out and discourage those who are not suitable from joining your boccia club/organisation.

Anyone undertaking a role that involves contact with or responsibility for children (or other vulnerable groups) should be taken through a safer recruitment process.

Safer recruitment checklist
For all volunteers, coaches and officials working in boccia and associated
activities who have contact with children or adults the following actions demonstrate good practice.

Key parts of a safe-recruitment procedure can include:

  • Writing a clear job or role description (what tasks will be involved) should be clearly
    explained along with BE or club safeguarding procedures.
  • Writing a person specification (what experience or attributes the successful candidate needs in order to carry out the role)
  • Creating an advertisement for the post
  • Using an application form to gather relevant information about each applicant
  • The names and address of at least two referees who are able to comment confidentially on previous work with children or adults of a similar capacity. These should
    have known the applicant for at least 3 years (not relatives) These references may then be taken up
    by the club/centre.
  • Interviewing the applicant
  • Where a role meets the eligibility requirements for Disclosure and Baring Service
    (DBS) check see Disclosure and Barring Service Guidance. The appropriate level of
    check must be completed prior to carrying out the role. It is the responsibility of
    the employer, deployer or club, to ensure the relevant checks have been
    completed.
  • Risk assessment of any concerning information
  • Verifying qualifications and experience
  • Recording recruitment decision
  • Induction to the role (including safeguarding policies and procedures, safeguarding training, sign up to Code of Conduct)
  • The individual should be observed working with children/adults by a suitably trained person.
  • Probationary period

In some instances, you may feel that it is not practical to include all these steps in your recruitment process, but you are strongly recommended to build in as many elements as you can.

It may also not be possible to implement the procedures described above where a volunteer is
recruited at very short notice for a one-off occasion (e.g. a specific event). In these circumstances
the individual must not work in isolation and must be supervised by someone who has been subject to appropriate recruitment checks and ideally who has also attended safeguarding and protecting children basic awareness training.

For more information and guidance on how your club can implement safe recruitment procedures please read Boccia England's guidance on the recruitment of staff and volunteers.

England Performance Group dates 2017/2018

We are pleased to announce the training camp dates for the England Performance Group (EPG) for the upcoming season.

The EPG forms a vital part of the England Talent Pathway (ETP) and is the next step on for players performing well as part of the Academies.

Attendance at these training camps is by selection only. Selections for the EPG will be communicated to relevant players and coaches by the end of September 2017.

All camps will be in Mansfield.

Dates

  • August 19 & 20th (Russia Preparation Camp)
  • September 23 & 24th (Phase 2 Talent Screening)
  • November 4 & 5th
  • December 2 & 3rd
  • January 6 & 7th
  • February 3 & 4th
  • March 3 & 4th
  • May 5 & 6th
  • June 2 & 3rd
  • July 14 & 15th

Recruiting - Head Referees

Boccia England are looking to recruit 2-3 Regional Head Referees to strengthen our existing team of Head Referees.

The role will involve acting as Head Referee or Assistant Head Referee at Regional level (or equivalent) Boccia England competitions. For the 17/18 season this will most likely include Heathcoat Cup Rounds and BE Cup Rounds events.

The role can be managed alongside your usual officiating role as per your availability for the season.

Successful applicants are required to be available for an evening training session on Friday 10th November in Sheffield (prior to the competition weekend). And be willing to act as Head Referee / Assistant Head Referee during at least 1 competition each season.

For full details see the role description / person specification and application form.

Please complete and return application forms to nbraisby@bocciaengland.org.uk.

Closing date: 31st August 2017